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Barbara Kurshan

Dr. Barbara ("Bobbi") Kurshan is Executive director of the Global Education & Learning community (GELC) on Java.net and President of Educorp Consultants Corp. Dr. Kurshan developed the first children's software products for Microsoft--Creative Writer and Fine Artist--and also created award-winning products for McGraw-Hill, Apple, CCC (Pearson) and others. As a professor, she helped students research the impact of technology on learning. Through her venture fund Core Learning, she invested in companies and entrepreneurs who are impacting learning and the industry. Among numerous honors, Dr. Kurshan received the Education Academic Society's Making It Happen Award and the Highest Leaf Award from the Women's Venture Fund. She is listed in Who's Who in Technology Today.

 

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GELC becomes Curriki

Posted by bkurshan on October 20, 2006 at 9:16 AM PDT

We finally have a new name - Curriki. See the press release on the Blog homepage and let me know what you think of the name. What image does it potray? Does the name drive the mission?

Curriki comes from Curriculum and Wiki and ki, I hear, means energy in Japanese.

Curriki is a place for community to use and build open source curriculum.

GELC - Are we ready for the buzz?

Posted by bkurshan on September 29, 2006 at 9:19 PM PDT

GELC has been getting a significant share of attention. It is really exciting to hear the conversations around the mission and vision for GELC.

Philanthropy and GELC

Posted by bkurshan on August 14, 2006 at 12:58 PM PDT

Seems that the Buffet donation to the Gates Foundation is changing the impact of education. Recently Scott McNealy spoke about Open Source Curricula and how it will impact education world wide. I believe it will change the way we develop curricula, distribute curricula, and determine if it works.

Partners

Posted by bkurshan on July 27, 2006 at 4:01 PM PDT

As we develop the new website for GELC, I realize that many others are doing parts of what we want to do. I am excited by what I see at xWiki, Connexions, EduCommons, Moodle, Wikipedia, Jotspot, Pandesa and others.
So what other websites would be good models for GELC or would make good partners.
Who is a good partner for GELC?

Creating Tools for Open Source Curricula

Posted by bkurshan on July 9, 2006 at 2:50 PM PDT

A Textbookwiki and An Instructional Design Wiki

After exploring what is needed and what is available in the open souruce curricula arena, I have decided that we need many things, but probably we first need some tools to help developers, designers, and programmers.

Open Source Curriculum for Africa

Posted by bkurshan on June 2, 2006 at 9:05 PM PDT

I have just returned from two weeks in Rwanda and Ethiopia. I was there to explore wiring Rwanda and to attend the eLearning conference in Addis Ababa. It was a fascinating and certainly eye-opening trip. In Rwanda, I had the opportunity to work with a group planning a project to wire Rwanda so that all schools and all health clinics would have connectivity.

CAN GELC BE UNIQUE?

Posted by bkurshan on May 9, 2006 at 9:24 PM PDT

I have been busy the past two weeks meeting with developers and educators that are exploring and "playing" in the education open source community. It is amazing what this community thinks about the opportunity for GELC and what it can become.

GELC Progress - Moving Fast

Posted by bkurshan on April 21, 2006 at 12:40 PM PDT

I have been spending the past 6 weeks meeting partners for GELC. And I have found that the issues to growing community and increasing projects circle around three topics:

What is free? And as commented above, free means no cost but also means open to post curriculum with different points of view and for different cultures. It also means free of license fees.

What is an "Open Source Curriculum?"

Posted by bkurshan on April 13, 2006 at 9:10 AM PDT

Hi, as a newcomer to the GELC, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Barbara Kurshan and people call me Bobbi. A month ago I took on the job of Executive Director of GELC, and I am very excited about working with all of you, and about the promise of making the GELC into a real force for global educational change.

Let me tell you a little about myself.